Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Tamil Nadu visit would be without any public road drive as some opposition parties and Tamil outfits plan to show black flags to protest against the centre for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board despite the Supreme Court order.
On arrival at the Chennai airport in an Indian Air Force plane, the PM would hop into a chopper and land right at the ongoing Defence Expo venue near Mahabalipuram. PM Modi’s drive here expected to be inside the premises.
Members of Thamizhar Vazhvurimai Katchi staged a protest outside Chennai airport raising slogans against prime minister for his failure to constitute the Cauvery management board. A few outfit members climb on hoardings. The protesters managed to enter Chennai airport premises despite the presence of a large number of police personnel. Film director Bharathiraja, who joined the protest outside the airport, appealed to the protesters to get down from the hoardings. Film directors Ameer and Gowtham too joined protesters, holding black flags.
When their efforts to remove the protestors failed, police picked up Bharathiraja, Ameer, Vetrimaran who refused to move away.
Protesters released black balloons into the sky outside the airport around the time Modi arrived. Traffic was affected on the GST road.
Black flags were hoisted at the houses of the leaders and members of the DMK and the MDMK as a mark of protest against the Prime Minister. Black flags were hoisted at the houses of DMK president of M Karunanidhi and MDMK leader Vaiko. Some protesters also climbed atop billboards outside the airport to raise slogans against the Prime Minister.
Prime minister who don’t respect Supreme court verdict. Who don’t respect people of Tamilnadu. Who only cares about electoral gains. Who never cares of farmers death. Deserve Black flag. #GoBackModi
— Ra Sindhan (சிந்தன்) (@sindhan) April 12, 2018
During 2014 central election i was supporting modi ji.. but afterwards i realize tat i made very big mistake.. v don't want u come to tamilnadu.. v oly want is cauvery water to come. #gobackmodi
— CSK ஜெஸ்ஸ்சு (@luckylosser19) April 12, 2018
The BS associated with you will not be tolerated by the South. Modi you are nobody to us. Come 2019 your party will be torn into pieces in the south. Count your days.
— uday (@uday_universe) April 12, 2018
The PM will travel by helicopter from the airport to the Defence expo on the Old Mahaballipuram road. Following this, he will make his way back to the centre of the city to inaugurate four facilities at the Adyar Cancer Institute via air. A compound wall shared by the Children’s Park and the cancer institute was demolished to allow the Prime Minister to enter the premises for the event. Authorities have prepared a helipad on the IIT Madras campus.
Questioning the decision to not even enter public roads, MDMK chief Vaiko asked, “Aren’t you the bravest, Mr.Modi? Why can’t you travel by road? You are going directly into IIT by helicopter and then a wall is broken to let you into Cancer Institute. We have never seen such a cowardly Prime Minister in India. You are a coward. Are we going to shoot you through the black flags? Didn’t Nehru face black flags?”
5,000 police personnel have been deployed in the city and at the expo venue for the PM’s visit.
Special Action Force and Special Task Force have been roped in and a three-tier security has been arranged at the airport, IIT-M and Cancer Institute, Adyar.
Following intelligence reports that suggested that drones will be used to send black flags into the air, police have warned protesters of severe action.